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Gender, Identity & Race in Contemporary China and Multicultural America

November 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Gender, Identity & Race in Contemporary China and Multicultural America:
A Touching Home in China Workshop for Grades 6-12 Educators

Saturday, November 5, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Speaker Name: Melissa Ludtke
Event Fees: $10 Members/$15 Non-Members
Location: China Institute, 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In this professional development workshop, China Institute partners with Touching Home in China to introduce a stimulating, cross-cultural curriculum focused on in-depth learning about contemporary China. Its wide-ranging topics speak to the rippling consequences of China’s one-child policy, stretching from gender issues in China to the challenges of bicultural identity in the United States. Global educators developed these lesson plans through a Special Projects grant by The Henry Luce Foundation.

The Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods curricula relies on six core stories, documentary video, narrative text and interactive graphics to illuminate what two teen adoptees from America discovered when they returned to the rural towns in China where each had been abandoned as a newborn. There, only-child daughters who grew up in these towns showed them what girlhood is like in 21st century China. As the American teens wrestle with their dual identity as Asian daughters growing up in Caucasian families, the only-child daughters are growing up in a rapidly changing China.

This workshop will meld this project’s content-rich stories with expert pedagogy and innovative digital exploration to maximize student engagement. Its lesson plans emphasize an inquiry model that makes the content relevant to common life experiences of American learners from middle school through high school. Teachers will explore this interdisciplinary curriculum aligned to national standards directly applicable for units in World and American History, Asian Studies, Global Studies, English/Language Arts, and more. The curriculum radiates out from the American and Chinese girls’ stories is paired with curated contemporary resources that provide up-to-date foundational materials. Students use these resources in addressing the lessons’ reflective prompts and probing questions.

For more information about Touching Home, visit touchinghomeinchina.com

Attendees will receive a certificate confirming their participation in this workshop.

Melissa Ludtke is creator and producer of Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods. In developing this digital project’s lesson plans, Ludtke partners with veteran curriculum writers, including Fran Sterling, who spent a decade as a classroom teacher before working for 15 years with the global education non-profit Facing History and Ourselves. There, she authored numerous educational resources, including the classroom book The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War. Fran also has developed numerous educator guides and curricula and, like Ludtke, has facilitated trainings nationwide. Sterling and Ludtke worked together to prepare this training, which Ludtke, an award-winning magazine journalist, will facilitate. She has been an adjunct professor at Emerson University, a keynote speaker and panel presenter at numerous conferences, and after graduating from Wellesley College she attended Smith College to train to be a classroom teacher. As a correspondent with Time magazine, Ludtke reported more than 20 cover stories, many of which revolved around issues related to girls and women’s lives. She wrote On Own Own: Unmarried Motherhood in America, published by Random House in 1997, and when reporting baseball for Sports Illustrated, her 1978 federal lawsuit, Ludtke v. Kuhn, resulted in women reporters gaining equal access to Major League Baseball locker rooms. She is the mother of Maya, who is a sophomore in college. She adopted Maya from China when she was nine months old, and Maya is one of two American adoptees featured in this storytelling project.

To register online, please visit www.chinainstitute.org. For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected] The number of participants is limited.


November 5, 2016
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Downtown Office
40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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